The Best Property Development Networking Events

29th January 2020

Networking is a huge part of the property process. Getting into the right rooms with the right people can be transformative for SME property developers.

But… how do you know which are the right rooms?

Truth is, there are a lot of bad events out there. After all, anyone can start an event (and charge whatever they want, so even cost doesn’t indicate quality).

So to help, I’ve put together some of my favourite events to give you an idea of where to invest your time (and money) for the most impact.

Jump to:
Awards events
Annual events
Regular events
LandTech events

 

Awards Events

Everyone dreams of winning their first award. Awards offer a great boost to your credibility. But even without a win (or nomination), most award dinners are open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket. 

Sure, they can be pricey, but you’re literally getting into an award-winning crowd...

  • WhatHouse? Awards

Location: London, UK

Date: November, annually

Overview (in their words)

“Commonly known as the 'Oscars' of the UK housebuilding industry, the WhatHouse? Awards is the country’s largest event that celebrates the very best new homes”

Who it’s for

Are you a housebuilder? Or looking to network with housebuilders? You could do a lot worse than getting into this room.

What you can get

This is your chance to meet some of the best housebuilders in the business. Great if you’re looking for inspiration and guidance, or just want to get familiar with the room for when you’ll be collecting your award someday soon...

Find out more

 

Screenshot 2020-01-28 at 17.46.58

  • RESI Awards

Location: London, UK

Date: May, annually

Overview (in their words)

“The RESI Awards, organised by Property Week, celebrate the residential property sector and its successes of the past year. The awards bring together the key players in the residential market including leading developers, landlords, housebuilders, operators, investors, agencies and local authorities.”

Who it’s for

These are the best from the best across the residential property world. And it’s organised by Property Week, so you might even find yourself posing for some pictures in their celebration issue...

What you can get

Covering the whole of residential property, this is a great place to rub shoulders with people from a lot of different professions. It’s good to know people in high places, right?

Find out more

 

  • Housebuilder Awards

Location: London, UK

Date: October, annually

Overview (in their words)

“The Housebuilder Awards are the industry’s own awards brought to you by Housebuilder magazine, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and in partnership with NHBC. 

“The awards recognise innovation and excellence and have become the most coveted in the industry.”

Who it’s for

If you’re a housebuilder and want to mingle with your comrades (and competitors) then this could be the place for you.

What you can get

You get to hear what people have been up to. You get to see what award-winning projects look like. And you get to meet a whole host of housebuilders and property professionals with all levels of experience.

Find out more

 

  • The PROPS Awards Lunch

Location: London, UK

Date: May, annually

Overview (in their words)

“Variety’s annual ‘the PROPS’ Lunch is real estate’s premier fundraising event. Since its inception in 1992, ‘the PROPS’, dedicated to the UK’s property industry, has raised over £10 million enabling Variety to provide 2,054 custom built wheelchairs and other essential items to children and young people all around the UK.”

Who it’s for

As they say themselves, the award-winners list often reads like a ‘who’s who’ of property professionals. It’s a great way to see more about what the industry’s doing, and feel good about the kind of impact we can all have when we’re working together for something bigger.

But who is it really for? It’s for the thousands of children and young people that have been helped by the kindness of the attendees. 

It’s worth it for that alone, right?

What you can get

An incredible meal, great networking opportunities, and that warm, fuzzy feeling of having helped to support a hugely-important cause.

Find out more

 

Annual Events

In addition to award events, there are a whole host of annual events that are more focused on up-skilling and networking that might make for a better fit, depending on what you’re after.

Here are some of my favourites.

PIM17_0424

  • MIPIM

Location: Cannes, France

Date: March, annually

Overview (in their words)

“MIPIM, the premier real estate event, gathers the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry for four days of networking, learning and transaction through premium events, conferences and dedicated exhibition zones.”

Who it’s for

Got money, and want to visit the real estate event of the year? MIPIM is the place to be, attracting over 26,000 people each year.

MIPIM covers everything property so whatever your specialism, odds are you’ll find something (and someone) useful. 

What you can get

With people from every property profession, thousands of investors (6,380 to be precise), nearly 500 keynotes and speakers, plus ample networking events and parties, it all adds up to a pretty excellent chance to meet a lot of influential people.

The downside? A lot of people are there, which adds to the competition to talk to those influential people…

But that doesn’t stop us from going each year.

Find out more

 

  • Housing

Location: Manchester, UK

Date: June, annually

Overview (in their words)

“Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference and Europe's largest housing festival, takes place annually in June in Manchester. With 8500+ attendees, 10 theatres, 500+ speakers, and 400+ sponsors and exhibitors over the three days – it is the biggest meeting place for the whole housing sector.”

Who it’s for

This is another big-deal housing event – there’ll be people from around the property world, so it should cater to just about any profession (whatever your level).

What you can get

You’ll find a whole host of people from a whole bunch of professions all chatting and sharing stories, as well as more formal presentations and industry insights.

It’s over three days, so there’s plenty of time to branch out into new areas and meet some different types of professions too.

Find out more

 

  • HOMES UK

Location: London, UK

Date: November, annually

Overview (in their words)

“HOMES UK will look at the entire ecosystem of home building and maintenance for every type of accommodation in the UK, from affordable to market sale and the rapidly growing build to rent, student, co-living and retirement sectors.

“As the only event to unite decision-makers from every stage of the property lifecycle, HOMES UK will drive the collaboration and discussion necessary to deliver high-quality homes for all.”

Who it’s for

With 6,000+ attendees, 350+ speakers, 200+ exhibitors, this is for just about anyone. They claim to cover just about everything, from “land, planning and funding, through to placemaking and design and all the way to sales, marketing, asset management and maintenance”.

But what they really pride themselves on is the seniority of attendees, claiming that 70% have budget responsibility. So if you’re after decision makers, this could be a good way to go...

What you can get

Attend talks, meet people, share stories, get drinks. Branch out into new areas and make the most of the two days.

Find out more

 

Futurebuild

  • Futurebuild

Location: London, UK

Date: March, annually

Overview (in their words)

“Futurebuild brings together 27,000 industry influencers and shapers to drive real change. A world-class knowledge programme alongside an immersive exhibition of 450 innovative and inspiring brands and a host of networking events will combine to create an unmissable experience.”

Who it’s for

Anyone and everyone, according to them. They had over 27,000 attendees, including 19 of the top 20 housebuilders (you’ve got to feel a little sorry for the poor team that missed out).

While Futurebuild is a great event for all property professionals, one of their unique value propositions is the emphasis on ecobuilding. If you have a particular interest in environmentalism, or want to find out more about this growing niche, this is a great place to start.

What you can get

Meet people who take the environmental impact of their work as seriously as you do, and hopefully open doors to do more work (and better work) together.

Find out more

 

  • PROPS Breakfast

Location: London, UK

Date: November and May, respectively

Overview (in their words)

“London's leading property event … brings together the great and the good from property to debate, network, and help improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK by raising vital funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity.”

Who it’s for

Want to meet a bunch of influential property professionals? Want to help out a good cause? This is the event for you.

What you can get

There’s usually an incredibly knowledgeable guest speaker offering a Q&A, then plenty of time to chat with fellow attendees and swap business cards.

And it’s all for charity, so you know that your money is going to a good place.

Find out more


Regular Events

Annual events are great, but they often come with some hefty price tags. Plus you need something a bit more regular if you really want the chance to start making a name for yourself.

Here are some of my favourite regular property events.

LNH2_blog_header

  • Land and New Homes Network

Location: Nationwide

Overview (in their words)

“Founded and run by renowned industry specialists, the Land & New Homes Network combines expert training with exclusive resources and unbeatable networking opportunities.”

Who it’s for

Land and New Homes Network is designed to be a collaborative space where non-competing agents, land owners and house builders can team up and do their best work together.

If you fit the bill, and are after people to work alongside, this is a room you need to be in. 

What you can get

Advice, ideas and support from a nationwide network. Tips on best practice. Regular events (and the chance to attend their annual conference, New Homes Live).

Find out more

 

  • Developers Boardroom

Location: London, UK

Overview (in their words)

“Developers Boardroom is a multi-expert education and events platform. Developers Boardroom places high-level strategy from property’s most successful veterans directly into the hands of SME developers – accelerating the rising stars of property.”

Who it’s for

Developers Boardroom is built from the ground up for SME developers. It’s an excellent room to be in if you want to feel part of a wider community of developers, all looking to support each other. 

What you can get

This is great for encouragement and support – it gives them the chance to meet with other people at the same level to share stories from the trenches. Plus they offer guest speakers to provide inspiration on where your business can get to.

Find out more

 

  • Progressive Property Network

Location: Nationwide

Overview (in their words)

“Progressive Property Network events across the UK are for property investors of all levels. PPN will inspire, educate and entertain you on your journey to becoming more successful in property. PPN gives you access to a ready-made network of professional property people ready to share a wealth of experience.”

Who it’s for

People looking to network, and learn a lot along the way.

What you can get

Interestingly, they specifically say “If you are content with passive events, the PPN is not for you”. So expect lots of interaction, lots of talking to other people from the industry and plenty of opportunity to get involved.

Find out more

 

PIN event image

  • Property Investors Network

Location: Nationwide, UK

Overview (in their words)

“Network with like-minded investors in your local area, no matter what your experience. Get the latest news in the mortgage and lettings markets. Experience highly inspirational case studies and learn from industry leading property investors from across the country.”

Who it’s for

As the name suggests, this one’s a lot more focused on the “investment” angle – like buy-to-let landlords. If that’s you (or if that’s the kind of people you’re looking to talk to), this could be a good option.

What you can get

Regular meetings, events, advice and guest speakers. Plus there’s even the opportunity to become a speak yourself, if that’s your kind of thing.

Find out more

 

  • Movers and Shakers

Location: Nationwide, UK

Overview (in their words)

“Movers & Shakers is the UK’s leading Property and Construction Networking Forum – now in its 24th year; with vast experience in bringing together senior executives in the Marketplace and generating opportunities.”

Who it’s for

Those looking to learn more, meet people, and talk business.

What you can get

They offer quite a lot – it’s especially worth checking out the breakfast meetings, where they offer some pretty big-name speakers at a much smaller price tag than you’d usually pay.

Find out more

 

  • APPGs

Location: London, UK

Overview (in their words)

“All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.”

Who it’s for

APPGs are a great for those with an interest in politics, or looking to get a deeper understanding of the wider landscape. The main two to look out for are the APPG on Housing and Planning, and the APPG for SME House Builders.

What you can get

You aren’t going to get a sneak peek at any government announcements, or possibly even  hear anything practical about the future. 

But there is something to be said for attending and hearing our elected officials discussing the matters closest to our hearts. And they’re in the Houses of Parliament, which can be a pretty fun experience on it’s own if you’ve never been there for work before.

Interested in attending? Get in touch with the appropriate secretariat for the APPG you want to go along to.

Find out more: 

APPG on Housing and Planning

APPG for SME House Builders


 

Special Mention

OK, look, it’d be odd if I didn’t plug our own regular event, right? So here it is:

image (1)-1

  • LandAcademy

Location: LandTech HQ, London

Date: Monthly

Overview (in OUR words)

This is our monthly event. We show you how to use the platform, give you a first look at new features, invite guest speakers and let you chat with other property professionals over drinks (on us, of course).

Who it’s for

Already a customer? Come along and learn lots of tips and tricks.

Not yet a customer? Come along and learn lots of tips and tricks anyway.

What you can get

Each LandAcademy is different. 

We might be talking about a newly-released dataset (and the opportunity it offers). 

We might give you a sneak peek into a new feature before we launch it, so you’re ready to hit the ground running with it.

Or we might have someone from the wider industry as a guest speaker, talking about something that matters to you.

But whatever you get, you’ll have time at the end to meet the people from the LandTech team, as well as the other property professionals in the room. All for free (even the drinks).

See you there?

Find out more

 

Networking matters. Make sure you get it right.

You might think that, in a perfect world, networking is unnecessary. That the best people will naturally rise to the top of the property world.

But life isn’t that simple.

On the surface level, there’s the fact that meeting more people can open doors. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. But there’s more to it than that. 

Property is a people business. When we can put a face to a name, look someone in the eye, shake their hand – we trust them more.

Knowing how to network effectively isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s the job

Now you know the rooms worth working, we’ve put together a free checklist to get the most out of your next event.

 

Check out our Pre-Event Checklist here

Yemisi is the Community and Partnership Manager for LandTech. After hearing about us in her time at Property Week, she wanted to come onboard and see what all the fuss was about (and she was pretty glad she did). She once fulfilled a lifelong ambition when she walked along the Underground tracks due to a broken down train. Though she was much less happy about it when it happened again a year later.